Symonds represented Australia in 26 Tests and 198 one-day internationals in a career that spanned from 1998 to 2009. He scored 1462 runs at an average of 40.61 and picked up 24 wickets with his off-spin and medium-pace bowling. In ODIs, he scored 5088 runs at an average of nearly 40 and picked up 133 wickets as well.
According to media reports, the former cricketer was involved in a single-car accident outside Townsville in Queensland state on Saturday night. Emergency services tried to revive him but could not as Symonds succumbed to his injuries. Due to the impact of the accident, the car left the road and rolled.
Releasing an official statement, Cricket Australia chairman Lachlan Henderson said, "Australian cricket has lost another of its very best. Andrew was a generational talent who was instrumental in Australia's success at World Cups and as part of Queensland's rich cricket history. He was a cult figure to many who was treasured by his fans and friends.”
Symonds was also involved in the Monkeygate scandal of 2008 when he accused former Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh of calling him a monkey. The two, however, later mended fences and played as teammates for the Mumbai Indians (MI) in the Indian Premier League (IPL)
Reacting to the devastating news, former Australian captain Mark Taylor told Channel Nine:
"Unfortunately I've been here too often this year under these circumstances. I actually can't quite believe it, to be honest. Another tragic day for cricket. He was an entertainer with the bat, and he was an imposing guy, he was a big lad. I believe a very good rugby league player as a young kid as well. He just wanted to entertain. In a way he was a bit of an old-fashioned cricketer, would not have been out of place playing in the '70s or '80s.”